Not your average wine country tour

Photo Essay: Cycling in Sonoma County, CA


Culture By Photo by Matthew Ankeny and JB
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Sonoma County, CA, is one of those places that you visit and then go home scratching your head, wondering why you still live in cloudy, cold Buffalo, New York. With around 300 days of sun per year and temperatures hovering in that sweet spot between 50 and 80, the weather alone makes this place a quasi paradise. Then there’s the coast, the redwoods, the Zinfandels — and, for our purposes, the cycling. Whether you want to vineyard hop on a tandem or get on your Pinarello and crush 100 miles in a day, this place is a land flowing with milk and honey. And did we ever indulge. Guided by former pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer and his King Ridge GranFondo crew, we explored the region on two wheels, from Santa Rosa to Healdsburg to Geyserville, all good spots to punctuate your ride with a coffee or a brick oven pizza. If, on the other hand, you’re looking to punctuate your ride with more riding, check out our guide to the best rides in the area, compiled by Leipheimer himself.

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